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Statin Medications

Statin drugs are a type of medicine taken by millions to lower cholesterol. They are especially designed to lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, also known as "bad cholesterol." In addition to lowering LDL, statin drugs can raise HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol ("good cholesterol".)

Statins are effective in reducing deaths from heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients. They reduce the risk of a second heart attack by a third. There is an on-going debate about whether statins should be given to lower risk patients. High LDL cholesterol levels are a significant contributor to coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by the hardening of arteries over time, and it is believed that the slow build-up of LDL cholesterol inside the arteries is what causes this hardening. By lowering bad cholesterol levels, statins also help reduce the risk of heart disease, and may be prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke-related death in people with high risk for or known CAD.

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Statin Answers: Straight Facts About Cholesterol Drugs

Learn about the side effects and benefits of statin drugs that millions of people take to control their cholesterol. Statin Answers presents scientifically grounded, yet easy-to-understand facts about these drugs. Read all sides of the ongoing debate within the medical community debate about who should take these medications and whether the costs exceed the benefits.

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